• Phone: 617-353-9199
  • E-Mail:  sdeacon@bu.edu
  • Office: 633
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Sandra Deacon Carr is a Master Lecturer in the Organizational Behavior Department at Boston University's Questrom School of Business where she has been teaching courses in organizational behavior, leadership, management, career development, and team learning for more than 25 years. In 2014 she was awarded the inaugural Broderick Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and Experience. Since 1996 Dr. Deacon Carr has developed and worked with the Center for Team Learning - now titled Questrom Team Learning Services, and currently serves as the Faculty Director. In this role, she works with both faculty and students on a variety of team-related issues. She co-wrote The Team Learning Assistant with her Team Learning colleagues, a book and web-based tool designed to improve learning for faculty and students who use teams. In 2001, Dr. Deacon Carr was awarded the General Electric Fund Team Learning Award for outstanding contribution to Team Learning at the School of Management. Dr. Deacon Carr specializes in curriculum design and innovation, and has extensive coaching, counseling, and team mediation experience. She and her colleagues were recently awarded a grant by Boston University to continue their work in curriculum redesign and innovation for the required undergraduate Organizational Behavior course, The Dynamics of Leading Organizations and People. The course is designed to build from an understanding of personal values, motivation, attitudes, and behavior to the complexities of working in teams and leading organizations. The course delivery not only emphasizes knowledge acquisition, but is specifically designed to build the basic skills of managing and leading people through an applied, experiential, and action-learning approach. In addition to her work in the undergraduate and MBA programs, Dr. Deacon Carr has developed courses and taught in the Executive Education programs at Boston University, including the Systems Research Center, the Leadership Institute, and the Asia-Pacific Executive MBA programs. She consults with organizations on issues related to leadership, team development, performance management and coaching. Dr. Deacon Carr also consults with global pharmaceutical companies to develop training curricula for sales managers. Training programs and manuals that she has written on the topics of Becoming a First-Line Sales ManagerCoaching, and Performance Management, have become the global standard in those organizations. She also works with executives on coaching, team training, and leadership development. Sandra Deacon Carr earned her Ph.D. at Northeastern University and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. She received her M.Ed. from Boston University and B.A. from Amherst College. She lives in York, Maine with her family and enjoys volunteering and coaching youth sports teams.

  • Education Open or Close

    Ph D, Northeastern University, Counseling Psychology, 1995.

    M.Ed., Boston University, School Counseling, 1989.

    BA, Amherst College, Psychology and Economics, 1987.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    SMG OB221 A2 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations

    SMG OB221 B1 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations

    SMG OB460 A1 The Leadership Challenge

    SMG SM308 A1 Implement Your Career Plan

    SMG SM308 A2 Implement Your Career Plan

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      McCarthy, J., & Deacon, S. (2015). Igniting Passion and Possibility through the Arts: Conflict, Collaboration and Leadership through Live Stage Performances. Journal of Leadership Studies, 9(1), 33-41.

    Other Publications:

      McCarthy, J. F., Deacon Carr, S., & Deacon, S. (2012). Sustaining a Learning Community: Creative Collaboration and Dynamic Learning in Action. (1, 39, ).: St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators.

      Deacon, S., & McCarthy, J. (2011). Igniting Passion and Possibilities: Conflict, Collaboration and Community through Live Stage Performances. (1, 38, 1013-1040). Milwaukee, WI: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators.

  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

    RULE: Redesigning the Undergraduate Learning Experience. (December 1, 2010 - Present).

    Integrating Liberal Arts,Globalization, Advanced Technology and Virtual Capability into the Undergraduate Curriculum, Boston University. (January 1, 2014 - December 30, 2015).

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Deacon, S. (Presenter & Author). Liberal Learning and the Student Experience, Integrating Liberal Arts into OB221, Aspen Institute: Aspen Undergraduate Business Consortium, Richmond, VA. (June 9, 2014).

      Deacon, S. (Presenter & Author), & Williamson, R. (Presenter & Author). Incorporating Technology in Course Design, Boston University School of Management, Boston University School of Management. (May 5, 2014).

      Baird, L. (Presenter Only), McCarthy, J. (Presenter Only), & Deacon, S. (Presenter Only). Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching: Instructional Innovations Conference, Building the Bridge as You Walk on It, Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching, Boston University, Boston, MA. (March 2, 2012).

    Accepted Lectures:

      McCarthy, J. (Presenter and Author), & Deacon, S. (Presenter and Author). Organiztional Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators, Sustaining a Learning Community: Creative Collaboration and Dynamic Learning in Action, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. (June 22, 2012).

      McCarthy, J. (Presenter and Author), & Deacon, S. (Presenter and Author). 2012 Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Sustaining a Learning Community: Creative Collaboration and Dynamic Learning in Action, OBTC 2012, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. (June 22, 2012).

      Baird, L. (Author Only), McCarthy, J. (Presenter and Author), & Deacon, S. (Author Only). Boston University Instructional Innovations Conference, Building the Bridge as You Walk On It: Innovations in Learning, Boston University, Boston. (March 2, 2012).

  • Conference ActivitiesOpen or Close

      Symposium on Experiential Education in the Digital Age, Association for Experiential Education, Boston University Questrom School of Business Center for Team Learning, Outward Bound TI, GPS Island Adventure, Committee Member. (May 2, 2015 - May 3, 2015).

  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

    Broderick Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and Experience, Boston University School of Management, Service, University. (May 16, 2014).

    Inaugural Recipient of Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and Experience at Boston University School of Management


    Beta Gamma Sigma Induction, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Teaching. (April 5, 2014).
    Induction to Beta Gamma Sigma honor society recognizing business excellence


    LOCK Honarary Service Society Faculty Inductee, LOCK Honorary Service Society, Teaching. (November 1, 2009).
    Honorary faculty inductee to the LOCK Honorary Service Society, November 2009. LOCK members select faculty inductee.


  • DirectorshipOpen or Close

    Faculty Director, Center for Team Learning